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by rickangus
18 May 2017, 3:00pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cataracts
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: Cataracts

Just had mine done - 2nd eye two weeks ago - and saw Opthalmologist for follow up literally a couple of hours ago. How timely is that! My cataracts developed very aggressively as a side effect of taking anti rejection drugs post organ transplant. Cataracts are now gone and I can SEE! In focus, in co...
by rickangus
18 May 2017, 2:40pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Oh, I've just realised that tomorrow (Fri 19th) is the 2nd anniversary of my receiving a new heart! However, I am very mindful that whilst for me it's a memorable occasion, for another family, somewhere, the pain and grief of their loss will be real and ever present... I have not met them but they a...
by rickangus
18 May 2017, 12:08pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Well, I've been offline for a while and have come back to read this! I'm a bit embarrassed tbh - there are some very kind comments but not really justified. I've done nothing at all other than to put myself in the hands of some very skilled medical staff who worked wonders for me. Without wishing to...
by rickangus
29 Apr 2017, 10:59am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Welcome home Colin! Being home is nearly always better than being in hospital and getting there so quickly after your experience is, I guess, a good sign. Nevertheless I can well understand your feelings right now. Amioderone is good at doing what it is intended to do as, indeed, is your ICD. I do h...
by rickangus
27 Apr 2017, 2:43pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Oh and btw I'm doing ok thanks, still not as fit or strong as I'd like to be but still the right side of the turf as the Irish would say.
by rickangus
27 Apr 2017, 2:41pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Hi Colin, I'd like to say it's good to hear from you, and it is, but not under these circumstances. I'm very sorry to hear what you've been through but, otoh, am more pleased that your ICD has pulled you through. Given your history of shocks I'm guessing your battery might be running a bit low by no...
by rickangus
27 Mar 2017, 11:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing damaged crank
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: Repairing damaged crank

Thanks. I've already removed the crank - which was surprisingly easy. I heated the crank arm with a couple of kettles of boiling water - I understand alloy expands more than steel (=bottom bracket) and them using an old 36 mm headset spanner as a protector/cushion for the bb, used a tuning fork type...
by rickangus
27 Mar 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing damaged crank
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Repairing damaged crank

I have a crank where the extractor threads are completely trashed. Does anyone know of an engineering shop that may be able to repair them? I think it would involve drilling out, inserting a plug and re-cutting (though I am not an engineer so may be wrong). To pre-empt two obvious questions; the cra...
by rickangus
1 Apr 2016, 10:59pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Hi Colin, Great to hear from you again and it's very kind of you to inquire... I'm doing ok thank you. From a medical/post op perspective things are pretty good. It'll be a year in May since the transplant and I've had no rejection episodes to date. I've had an infection which came with the new hear...
by rickangus
27 Aug 2015, 3:54pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Right then, it's been while since I promised to write but a lot has happened in the meantime. I was planning to outline those experiences from end of last year to beginning of this but my mind was addled and I was struggling to recall things in the correct chronological order. But then one day in Ma...
by rickangus
20 Mar 2015, 12:01pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Hi Colin, Thanks for that - good to see the forum is still running! An lot has happened since my last post - I've only just got home from Papworth after spending the best part part of four months in there. I need to gather my thoughts and recollect experiences before responding in more detail. Watch...
by rickangus
16 Nov 2014, 8:56pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a chill and took to my bed. That afternoon I was given three big shocks from the ICD. Boy do I hate those even if they are doing me favour. I now find myself back in Papworth Hospital. Doctors believe I have an infection, probably lurking around around the ICD or LV...
by rickangus
4 Oct 2014, 9:22pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

So sorry to hear that Colin. You must be really cheesed off. I've just had a couple of weeks in Papworth. Think that was the wife's and medic's over reaction. I'd caught a chill - possibly from a ride in an open cockpit gyrocopter - so high temp, cough and generally feeling woozy. Went to GP, he tho...
by rickangus
15 Aug 2014, 9:38am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Colin, Here's a link to the DT article from Tuesday http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11027207/Pioneering-new-injection-to-cure-heart-failure-without-need-for-major-surgery.html I've not come across Mexilitine before but I've been on Amioderone since 2002. As you say, it's nasty stuff, to...
by rickangus
14 Aug 2014, 5:28pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.
Replies: 96
Views: 23196

Re: IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS.

Hi Colin, Have read and re-read your post a number of times and it's made me feel rather uncomfortable... Gosh, 263 bpm - no wonder you got the Full Monty! I think my ICD is set to shock at 188bpm. When I've been shocked whilst conscious I always thought it was painful but perhaps it was more psycho...